One of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s transfer options this summer is a move for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia.
The Mirror reported earlier in May that Ten Hag was considering a £20m move for the defender.
Tyrell Malacia showed why United would be keen to move with an impressive performance for Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final against Roma.
Feyenoord were beaten 1-0 by Jose Mourinho’s side despite dominating in the second half, with Malacia impressive.
Tyrell Malacia shows why Ten Hag wants it
Tyrell Malacia showed why he is so highly rated with a solid performance at both ends of the pitch in a tightly contested final with Roma.
Malacia was a constant threat and an open outlet in the final third, linking up well with winger Luis Sinsiterra and causing problems for the Roma defense without over-committing.
He likes to put in crosses, mixing his deliveries with low balls drilled through the middle, to cause a scramble in the Roma defence.
Malacia created two chances, while completing 41 of 43 passes, a 95% success rate, also achieving a successful dribble.
At the back, Malacia did everything that was asked of her; Roma’s winning goal fell on the right side.
The 22-year-old is eager to tackle but doesn’t dive, using his judgment well. He won all four tackles he competed for.
Malacia also made one clearance and three ball recoveries, winning two free-kicks and giving just one away. He won seven of the 10 ground duels he competed for, landing 79 touches in total.
He played 89 minutes before Feyenoord made a late tactical change to launch an extra striker, but it was to no avail.
Jose Mourinho’s side held on for a 1-0 win despite only 33% possession.
Manchester United may have to add another left-back if Alex Telles is sold. Portuguese newspaper Correia da Manha claimed this week that former club Porto are keen to re-sign him.
If United end up entering the market for another left-back, it makes perfect sense to be interested in Malacia, who seems to be a brilliant talent, reportedly costing £20million.